How to Cut a Mat and Frame Your Artwork
All levels | 19 min 36 sec
How to Mat and Frame
Taught by Hilary Williams
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Having your artwork and photos professionally framed can be pricey—especially if you have several pieces to frame. In this class, Hilary Williams shows how to professionally mat and frame your artwork at home for a fraction of the price. You will learn how to mount and back artwork of any size and add a dust cover to finish it off. Whether you’re an artist with a collection of pieces that need to be framed, or you simply want to frame your favorite family photos, this class will show you exactly how simple it is to get a professional look at home.
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Artwork you’ll be framing (Hilary is framing an 8 ½” x 11” screen print)
  • Two pieces of matboard (Hilary uses 11” x 14” matboards to mat and back her artwork)
  • Frame to fit the size of your matboard
  • Mat cutter (Hilary uses a Logan Compact Mat Cutter; if you’re framing a standard size piece of work, precut mats can be purchased)
  • Ruler
  • Acid-free photo mounting squares
  • Framing hardware (hooks for hanging)
  • Framing wire
  • X-Acto blade or craft knife
  • Pencil
  • Screwdriver
  • Double-sided tape
  • Paper towels and glass cleaner
  • Electronic cleaner (can of compressed air)
  • Roll of craft paper
Learn how to:
  • Cut a custom-size mat using a mat cutter
  • Mount your piece onto a mat and mat back
  • Properly clean dust from the inside of your frame before sealing in your work
  • Add a dust cover for a clean finish and to protect your piece
  • Add frame hooks and framing wire to hang your finished piece
What You'll Get: 
  • Detailed lesson on hot to mat and frame your artwork or favorite family photo
  • 3 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supplies list
  • Step-by-step expert instruction from Hilary Williams
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions, and interact with other students
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How to Cut a Mat and Frame Your Artwork Reviews
649 users recommended this class to a friend
Angela Strijker
I have learned so much from your easy to learn instructions. Thank you, I feel more confident to start matting my artwork to sell. ❤️
More than 3 months ago
Linda Hyde Hyde
I thought it was great; I only have one question: What do you do if the mat is longer than the cutting apparatus?
More than 3 months ago
Rachael Amick
Very helpful! I do wish she had talked about selecting mat and frame color, as well as the size of the frame.
More than 3 months ago